1- Eltono, Casa da familia Lopes, generative composition on building, São Vicente, Cape Verde — November 2017 (photo by Eltono).
2- Eltono, 80 Prospect, generative composition on building, IDEO building, 80 Prospect Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA — November 2017 (photo by Eltono).
3- Eltono, Modo n.°24, generative and participative painting on Château d'eau de la Courrouze, Rennes, France — October 2017 (Photo by Titouan Massé).
Eltono (ello.co/eltono) started experimenting with generative art in 2010. In Modo, his generative mural paintings project, he setups rules that are executed by himself or with the help of participants. Generative processes are a way for him to address the delicate transition from creation in the street to creation in the studio. He can't convince himself to work comfortably in a studio, so he invents systems in which constraints will disrupt the creative process. These constraints limit or eliminate the control he has over the final outcome of the artwork. Creating art in the public space one faces numerous uncontrollable circumstances. Playing with the amount of constraints and loss of control is an active reference to Eltono's habit of creating in the public space, a space where the artist is directly influenced, and often disturbed, by the environment and where the future of a street installed artwork is always unpredictable.